Denmark

Get on Board in Denmark

Quick...name an archipelago. Either you’re still googling or searching for that geography textbook. Or you know that Denmark fits that description. That’s because it’s located on a large body of water, in this case the Baltic Sea, and consists of many scattered islands.

Maybe that’s why the Danish invented the railway ferry. Trains would go on a ferryboat, cross the sea channels and continue their trip on the other side. Today, there are still a few railway ferry services between Copenhagen and Hamburg, but the Great Belt fixed link has replaced most of them. This engineering masterpiece—and the largest construction project in Danish history—is both a 5-mile railway tunnel and a 22,000-foot bridge. Naturally, the link has drastically reduced travel times—what once took an hour by ferry, now takes just ten minutes.

Compared with their majestic infrastructure, Danish trains seem modest: fast, modern and efficient. Most intercity lines offer a first class option (Comfort) that is more roomy and quiet and is an excellent value for the money. There’s open seating on all trains, making it easy to travel with a rail pass. Maybe that’s why Scandinavian passes are such a good deal.

For more information on Denmark contact the Denmark Tourist Board.

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